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Old 01-11-2006, 06:02 AM   #1
Jan 2006
Taos, New Mexico
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I live in New Mexico and there is not one homebrew store in my entire state (as far as I know). I do 100% of my ordering online which means I can shop and sample my homebrews at the same time, but it would be nice to have a real store within driving distance. It would be nice to walk in...smell the smells...ask for recommendations/advice, etc.

Does anyone know what it takes for someone to open a homebrew store? I looked online and I could not find one homebrew equipment franchise, chain, etc.

My experience is only beginner to intermediate at best, but it seems like there is an opportunity here for someone to satisfy a huge enthusiastic beer drinking and brewing community!

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Old 01-11-2006, 06:05 AM   #2
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Seems odd that there wouldn't be a couple, at least. Could it be a matter of state law?
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:08 AM   #3
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This is MY opinion--but I don't think a HBS is a "make a million" enterprise. I just don't think the interest in "brewing your own" is out there, even though we love the hobby so much.

I base my opinion on what I see from my LHBS owner. It just seems he is scraping to make ends meet with the shop, and we are in a decent sized metro area. He only has 1 shop competing with him.

It sucks that you don't have a HBS near you--but honestly I enjoy ordering my stuff online. Better prices, better variety, and I can shop in my underwear.
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:17 AM   #4
Jan 2006
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I agree. As an entreprenuership major, it is pretty hard to see justifiable profit margins with the inventory and customer base. Maybe if you franchise, but that would take a while. I think I plan on opening a Home Brew Store, but not until I am retired and just want something to do for fun in my twilight years!
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:20 AM   #5
Jan 2006
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Originally Posted by Sam75
Seems odd that there wouldn't be a couple, at least. Could it be a matter of state law?
I don't think so...I searched a little more and found ONE in Albuquerque "Victor's Grape Arbor" where you can find some homebrewing supplies (Beer). But very limited.

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Old 01-11-2006, 06:53 AM   #6
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There's a store called Jubilation at 3512 Lomas in Alburquqe that has home brew supplies. Don't know about Taos but some old hippie should have a home brew set up there.

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Old 01-11-2006, 02:15 PM   #7
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The guy at my LHBS was telling me the other day that he barely stays afloat. He said he wouldn't make it at all except that he has some rent houses and his wife makes good money.

I don't really like to order online. I feel like the shipping gets to me and I like to support the hobby locally.
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:03 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Genghis77
Don't know about Taos but some old hippie should have a home brew set up there.
There are old hippies in Taos? Are you sure?
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:04 PM   #9
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i checked the American Homebrewer's Association, and they had none listed for NM. that's a bummer man. i prefer to see, taste, and smell what i'm getting too. my LHBS is 1.5 hrs away, but i enjoy the drive and am lucky to have a good shop. fresh ingredients and friendly, knowledgeable staff. plus they have brews on tap! :~)

if i had to order on-line, i guess i'd use or .
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Old 01-11-2006, 03:25 PM   #10
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I consider myself very lucky to have one only about 15 minutes from work (30 min from home), and also more than a few within an hour's drive. The one I frequent also has other shops located "winthin another shop", so to speak. He had setups at a couple large Beer and Wine stores, and does an online biz as well. Haven't spoken to him regarding his business' viability, though. Place smells great when he has the grain mill running!
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